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    Gunther Von Hagens' Body Worlds: Selling Beautiful Education.Lawrence Burns - 2007 - American Journal of Bioethics 7 (4):12 – 23.
    In the BODY WORLDS exhibitions currently touring the United States, Gunther von Hagens displays human cadavers preserved through plastination. Whole bodies are playfully posed and exposed to educate the public. However, the educational aims are ambiguous, and some aspects of the exhibit violate human dignity. In particular, the signature cards attached to the whole-body plastinates that bear the title, the signature of Gunther von Hagens, and the date of creation mark the plastinates as artwork and von Hagens as the artist (...)
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    Identifying Concrete Ethical Demands in the Face of the Abstract Other: Emmanuel Levinas' Pragmatic Ethics.Lawrence Burns - 2008 - Philosophy and Social Criticism 34 (3):315-335.
    Critics of Levinas reject the notion that the abstract face of the other can ground ethics and generate specific responsibilities. To the contrary, I argue that the face does ground a practical and pragmatic ethics. Drawing on Levinas' phenomenological analyses of the enjoying subject, I show that the face communicates an imperative to the subject that obligates her or him to repair the concrete context of action in which the subject encounters the other. My elucidation takes very seriously the notion (...)
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    Response to Open Peer Commentaries on "Gunther Von Hagens' Body Worlds: Selling Beautiful Education": Signed, Sealed, Delivered.Lawrence Burns - 2007 - American Journal of Bioethics 7 (4):1-3.
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    What is the Scope for the Interpretation of Dignity in Research Involving Human Subjects?Lawrence Burns - 2008 - Medicine, Health Care and Philosophy 11 (2):191-208.
    Drawing on Lennart Nordenfelt’s distinction between the four distinct senses of dignity, I elucidate the meaning of dignity in the context of research involving human subjects. I acknowledge that different interpretations of the personal senses of dignity may be acceptable in human subject research, but that inherent dignity (Menschenwürde) is not open to interpretation in the same way. In order to map out the grounds for interpreting dignity, I examine the unique application of the principle of respect for dignity in (...)
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    What Does the Patient Say? Levinas and Medical Ethics.Lawrence Burns - 2017 - Journal of Medicine and Philosophy 42 (2):214-235.
    The patient–physician relationship is of primary importance for medical ethics, but it also teaches broader lessons about ethics generally. This is particularly true for the philosopher Emmanuel Levinas whose ethics is grounded in the other who “faces” the subject and whose suffering provokes responsibility. Given the pragmatic, situational character of Levinasian ethics, the “face of the other” may be elucidated by an analogy with the “face of the patient.” To do so, I draw on examples from Martin Winckler’s fictional physician (...)
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    Banking on the Value of Analogies in Bioethics.Lawrence Burns - 2006 - American Journal of Bioethics 6 (6):63-65.
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    The Inheritance, Power and Predicaments of the “Brain-Reading” Metaphor.Frederic Gilbert, Lawrence Burns & Timothy Krahn - 2011 - Medicine Studies 2 (4):229-244.
    Purpose With the increasing sophistication of neuroimaging technologies in medicine, new language is being sought to make sense of the findings. The aim of this paper is to explore whether the brain-reading metaphor used to convey current medical or neurobiological findings imports unintended significations that do not necessarily reflect the genuine findings made by physicians and neuroscientists. Methods First, the paper surveys the ambiguities of the readability metaphor, drawing from the history of science and medicine, paying special attention to the (...)
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    “You Are Our Only Hope”: Trading Metaphorical “Magic Bullets” for Stem Cell “Superheroes”.Lawrence Burns - 2009 - Theoretical Medicine and Bioethics 30 (6):427-442.
    In the wake of two recent developments in stem cell research, it is a fitting time to reassess the claim that stem cells will radically transform the concept and function of medicine. The first is the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s decision in January 2009 to approve Geron Corporation’s Phase I clinical trial using human embryonic stem cells for patients with spinal cord injuries. The second is the National Institutes of Health’s decision to permit federal funding of research using donated (...)
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    Race, Science and a Novel: An Interdisciplinary Dialogue.Lawrence Burns, Monique Lanoix, Ryan M. Melnychuk & Bernie Pauly - 2008 - Developing World Bioethics 8 (3):226-234.
    We discuss how a novel can illuminate the moral dimensions of science and healthcare. The critical distance afforded by the novel pro.
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    Derrida and the Promise of Community.Lawrence Burns - 2001 - Philosophy and Social Criticism 27 (6):43-53.
    This paper offers a critique of Derrida's deconstruction of the promise on the grounds that it does not adequately account for the ethical constitution of the promise in the pragmatic context of face-to-face dialogue. Instead, Derrida focuses on the way in which the promise opens the horizon of interpretation or readability for an indefinite community of readers. Derrida's view is explicated at length, drawing on Limited Inc, Le monolinguisme de l'autre: ou, la prosthèse d'origine, and 'Avances', the Preface to Serge (...)
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    Humanism of the Other.Lawrence Burns - 2008 - Dialogue 47 (1):204-206.
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    Humanism of the Other Emmanuel Levinas Translated From the French by Nidra Poller; Introduction by Richard A. Cohen Urbana, IL: University of Illinois Press, 2006, Xlvi + 83 Pp. [REVIEW]Lawrence Burns - 2008 - Dialogue 47 (1):204-.
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    False Justice: Eight Myths That Convict the Innocent Jim Petro and Nancy Petro New York: Routledge, 2015; 320 Pp.; $44.00. [REVIEW]Lawrence Burns - 2016 - Dialogue 55 (3).
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    The Concept of World From Kant to Derrida Sean Gaston New York: Rowman and Littlefield, 2013. XIV + 241 Pp. $39.95. [REVIEW]Lawrence Burns - 2014 - Dialogue 53 (4):764-765.
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    Overstating the Ban, Ignoring the Compromise.Lawrence Burns - 2007 - American Journal of Bioethics 7 (2):65-66.